Help save Tasmania’s only peer sex worker project from imminent closure #savescarlettas
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The only targeted sex worker program in Tasmania will close on June 30, 2016 unless funding is provided for its continuation. The closure of Tasmania’s only peer sex worker project will leave a significant gap in Tasmania’s prevention response to BBV and STIs (including HIV) but will also mean that Australia will not meet its targets within the National Strategies, endorsed by all members of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Standing Council on Health. Of most significance, sex workers are the only community left without a service to meet their needs, and the closure will place Tasmania’s public health outcomes at risk.
The Scarlet Alliance Tasmanian sex worker project currently provides a comprehensive range of services targeting sex workers. The statewide program provides outreach and peer education directly to sex workers - best practice, highly successful, and cost effective prevention program strategies that have delivered successful outcomes.
No cost benefit analysis was conducted by the Tasmanian Government before making this disastrous decision. The program has consistently delivered well above all Key Performance Indicators despite the existence of stigma, discrimination and legal barriers. The program achieves these outcomes across the state at a cost of $66,245 per year.
Without funding Scarlet Alliance Tasmania has no option but to close its doors. The closure will leave local as well as fly-in fly-out sex workers without access to information, referrals, outreach and peer support. The cut to the State's only peer program for sex workers will leave sex workers in Tasmania without any support to address barriers in accessing health services and without delivery of, or access to, low cost safer sex supplies.
The Tasmanian Sex Worker Project will close without funding.
The government must reverse their decision to leave sex workers without a service to meet their needs. Without this, Tasmania will be the only state in Australia without a targeted sex worker program.
To meet their commitment to the National Health Strategies, state-based Strategic Frameworks, and to the Tasmanian community, the government must reverse their decision and #savescarlettas.
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